Thomas Weelkes: Grant the King a long life

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
British composer Thomas Weelkes, who suffered the ignominy of being dismissed from his church job after his employers complained that he would "very often come ... either from the tavern or the alehouse into the choir," is best known for madrigals like "Sing wee at pleasure." But he composed music in most of the genres of his time, and this fine release gives a sample of his anthems and his neglected instrumental music. Conductor David Skinner moves over from his small vocal-instrumental group Alamire to lead the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and the instrumental ensemble Fretwork. The choir, with adult but young female sopranos and altos, is not well known, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
British composer Thomas Weelkes, who suffered the ignominy of being dismissed from his church job after his employers complained that he would "very often come ... either from the tavern or the alehouse into the choir," is best known for madrigals like "Sing wee at pleasure." But he composed music in most of the genres of his time, and this fine release gives a sample of his anthems and his neglected instrumental music. Conductor David Skinner moves over from his small vocal-instrumental group Alamire to lead the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and the instrumental ensemble Fretwork. The choir, with adult but young female sopranos and altos, is not well known, but the sounds Skinner gets out of them are gorgeous. He likes to set shimmering vibrato lines from the comparatively small tenor section against clean lines from the women, and the sheer musicality of the result is often striking. Sample the subtle handling of the unexpected plagal cadence at the end of the anthem "When David heard" track 7 for a taste. The instrumental pieces are divided between keyboard works and small ensemble pavans and a few works in other genres, and Skinner and Fretwork make these cohere with the choral pieces even though they don't come from the same kind of setting. Highly recommended for those trying to broaden their English Renaissance collections beyond the ubiquitous madrigals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Obsidian
  • UPC: 658592070828
  • Catalog Number: 708
  • Sales rank: 132,560

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hosanna To the Son of David, anthem for 6 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (1:54)
  2. 2 What joy so true, anthem for 5 voices & organ - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (5:08)
  3. 3 All people clap your hands, for 5 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (1:55)
  4. 4–5 Voluntaries (2) for keyboard - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (4:02)
  5. 5 Lord, to thee I make my moan, anthem for 5 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (2:11)
  6. 6 When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (4:10)
  7. 7 Gloria in excelsis Deo, Sing, my soul, to God, anthem for 6 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (3:10)
  8. 8 Work(s): Pavan 3: Mr Weelkes his 3. Pavin - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (2:32)
  9. 9 Give ear, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices & organ - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (5:04)
  10. 10 Most mighty and all-knowing Lord, consort song for 4 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (2:33)
  11. 11 O how amiable, anthem for 5 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (3:04)
  12. 12 Alleluia, I heard a voice, anthem for 5 voices & organ - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (2:50)
  13. 13 Work(s): Pavan 5 - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (2:28)
  14. 14 Give the king thy judgements, anthem for 6 voices & organ - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (4:50)
  15. 15 Fantasia, for 2 basses - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (1:30)
  16. 16 If King Manasses, anthem for 6 voices & organ - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (6:42)
  17. 17 O Lord, grant the king a long life, anthem for 7 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Fretwork (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge Primary Artist
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